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This blog aims to keep up with the latest research into eating disorders coming from all scientific and psychological backgrounds and present it in a concise and comprehensive manner so that you can understand better what you, or your loved one, is going through with your/his/her eating disorder.

I will be regularly checking the most relevant academic journals from each psychological discipline to bring you a summed-up and easy-to-read summary of the cutting-edge work going on to try to find a treatment for eating disorders.

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A Quantum Psychopathological Account of Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by a.marlow on May 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

To those regular readers who have noticed a sizeable reduction in output recently, I apologise. However, there is good reason: I have spent the last few months working on a research paper recently published in the academic journal Neuroquantology entitled "A Quantum Pyschopathological Account of Ano...

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Eating Disorders and Anxiety: Are They Correlated?

Posted by a.marlow on May 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Below is an article penned by guest contributor Ryan Rivera. He runs calm clinic dot com and has written several articles on the subject of anxiety that have been published on various websites. 

Eating disorders and anxiety often go hand in hand. People who are suffering from a specific eating disorder are also plagued with negative thoughts and mental imbalance, the same symptoms for depression. There have been claims that these two conditions are related; howev...

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Henry Stapp's plausible theory of the quantum mind

Posted by a.marlow on January 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Classical physics paints the picture of a reality that is deterministic and mechanistic, with no causal influence of mind at all. However, experiments in the 20th century showed this approach to be increasingly insufficient, giving rise to quantum mechanics, a theory that potentially gives mind a much greater influence on reality than previously thought.

In a recent article in the academic journal Neuroquantology, Henry Stapp describes precisely how this might ...

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Recovery from Anorexia includes development of neural coping mechanisms for negative emotional reactions to bodies

Posted by a.marlow on January 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

How do recovered anorexics emotionally react to negative images of the body? Does recovery involve dampening one’s emotional reaction to them, or simply finding other ways of coping?

A recent study by Pruis et al in the International Journal of Eating Disorders has found that women who have recovered from eating disorders retain a greater emotional reaction to negative images of bodies as opposed to neutral or positive images as compared wit...

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The qualities of a good therapist, from the client's perspective

Posted by a.marlow on January 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

How does one go about offering therapy to someone suffering from an eating disorder? It's one thing to have a detailed understanding of the neurochemistry or psychoanalysis of anorexia; it's another thing to put that theoretical knowledge into practice. One thing that comes across when we compare therapists working from Freudian, Jungian, Kleinian etc. backgrounds is that the particular theory being used is far less important than the quality of the relationship between therapist and client.

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A Bohmian approach to psychopathology

Posted by a.marlow on December 16, 2012 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Despite the reservations of Lane in the previous blog post, the question of if, and how, quantum physics relates to the workings of the brain remains a poignant one- so poignant, in fact, that it has spawned a whole academic journal devoted to its answer, Neuroquantology. It is an article from this journal that forms the basis of today's blog.

David Bohm was a quantum physicist who uniquely decided to see what the implications of his discipline would be for deeper phi...

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'Medical Constraints on the Quantum Mind'

Posted by a.marlow on December 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In recent years, the old philosophical problem of the nature of mind has become a subject of interest to physicists. Thinkers like Roger Penrose (author of 'The Emperor's New Mind' and 'Shadows of the Mind') and Stuart Hameroff have begun to suggest that the human brain works according to the same mechanisms as a quantum computer. Others have gone further, taking their thoughts to more esoteric levels and proffering that the human brain acts merely as a conduit, a transmitter, for an u...

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Stoicism, 'Logos' and the reform of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Posted by a.marlow on December 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

An interesting article appeared in the Guardian today that I'd like to discuss here in this blog.

It starts with a discussion of the ancient Roman system of philosophy called stoicism and one of its central ideas, that of the λογος (pronounced 'logos'). Λογος can be translated into english ...

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The New Physics: Quantum Skills for the 21st Century Therapist

Posted by a.marlow on December 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was trawling through the internet on a lazy Sunday afternoon, as you do, when I came across and interesting article from 2010 called "Spirituality, Mental Health and the New Physics" (reference below). Intigued, I read it, and what follows is a summary of the ideas contained therein.

The premise of the article is that, with the new understanding of physics engendered by quantum theory and chaos theory should come a new understanding of psychology and, thus, ...

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Hysteria: the 19th century's answer to eating disorders?

Posted by a.marlow on November 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been claimed by certain feminist thinkers that the prevalence of Hysteria among women in the late 19th century and the prevalence of eating disorders inour current cultural climate are linked by the idea that both conditions represent an exaggeration of and protest against the prevailing social rolesavailable to women at the time. In the late 19th century, Hysteria represented a response to the view that women should be romantic and frail; in the late 20th and early 21st century, anore...

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